Carolina Rebellion Spotlight: TOOTHGRINDER

*This is part of the “World’s Loudest Month” segment where we branch out and focus on bands that fans can see at the year’s biggest music festivals during the month of May 2018!  This week, we’re checking out Toothgrinder, a progressive metal quintet from New Jersey who are geared up for another year at Carolina Rebellion, as well as others!*

Asbury Park, NJ natives, Toothgrinder, have been making waves in the metal scene for a while now, sharing the stage with huge names including Meshuggah, Killswitch Engage, Between The Buried and Me, Polyphia, and The Contortionist.  The band consists of Justin Matthews (vocals), Jason Gross (guitar), Matt Arsendorf (bass/backing vocals), Willis Weller (drums) and Johnuel Hasney (guitar/backing vocals).  With an extensive live show resume, and two successful albums, ‘Nocturnal Masquerade’ (2016) and ‘Phantom Amour’ (2017) via Spinefarm Records, one thing is predominantly clear – these guys know what they’re doing. Continue reading

ANIMALS AS LEADERS and PERIPHERY Announce Co-Headlining Tour w/ CAR BOMB and ASTRONOID

This morning, prog titans Animals As Leaders and Periphery announced a large US tour.  The Convergence Tour is set to kick off on October 31st in Columbus, Ohio at Newport Music Hall. (There are also two Canada dates.) The tour will feature support from the mighty Car Bomb and the progressive maestros Astronoid. Car Bomb takes the first half of the dates while Astronoid takes their place on the November 17th date in San Antonio, TX at the Alamo Music Hall. Get ready for a flurry of mind blowing riffs and complicated time signatures. You can view all the tour dates below. Tickets go on sale on Friday at 10 am local time. Continue reading

A Brief Interview With Periphery’s Misha Mansoor!

Photo Credit: Alex "Pressplay" Wohleber

Photo Credit: Alex “Pressplay” Wohleber

We were lucky enough to catch up with Periphery guitarist Misha Manoor prior to their set at Chicago Open Air this past weekend. Rain started to fall as the band took the stage, but that wouldn’t keep their dedicated fans away. Swarms of fans stood in the pouring rain as Periphery brought their personal brand of metal to the first annual Chicago Open Air. Their set was unfortunately cut short due to weather, but fans at Chicago Open Air did get a special treat that the rest of the world had to wait on. Misha talks about the festival, their new album ‘Select Difficulty due out 07/22, an upcoming tour, and their new video. Continue reading